Let us leave behind the prehistoric women and talk about our mothers and grandmothers. Have you ever felt that they are much healthier and fit than you? Today’s woman in her 30s is facing the same health issues that her mother faces in her late 50s or 60s. Such is the sorry state of our health condition these days!
Ever wondered why they are healthier than us? It is because of the lifestyle, food and physical activities they used to do which is absent in today’s life. Well if this is the situation of our preceding generation, just imagine how fit and strong our prehistoric woman would have been! The kind of physical activities and food that they consumed made them so strong that even today’s athletes are no match to them. Our athletes today are strong, and that is primarily because of the mechanized work outs and artificial nutrient supplements. Let us go through the various means through which our prehistoric women attained such immense strength and great health.
Physical Labour: Our Pre-historic women used to carry out almost all the tasks on their own. Be it planting their crops or grinding their grains – everything was done by women only. They would also assist their men in hunting. Yes, they were the boss then too!! Also, taking care of the domestic animals, was also performed by them. And so much of manual labour made their bones and muscles stronger, which is evident from the study of their fossils.
Introduction of Agriculture: Most of the prehistoric people were nomadic; hunting and scavenging whatever resources they found on their journey. But as the better source of food – growing it – was discovered by them, they started depending on agriculture. Since men would usually go out far for hunting and sourcing food, women used to do everything pertaining to growing the food. Ploughing, cleaning, sowing, harvesting, etc. was done by them, that too without the use of any modern equipment. Thus making their legs as strong as runners.
Lack of Modern Equipment: There are also evidences that some women had stronger arms than legs, which could be because of their different nature of job. Those women stayed indoors doing the house chores like grinding flour, or attend to the cattle or fetch water from distant places. These things made their upper body too strong. They obviously did not have mixers or grinders in those days to ease their work.
Better Eating Habits: There is also a study which claims that the prehistoric women had a better and more fulfilling and healthier diet than women of today. We all know that proteins are the building blocks of the body and they only provide better muscular strength. Likewise, prehistoric women ate a good deal of grains and meat. And these are a great source of proteins thus making them muscularly and structurally very strong.
All the aforesaid points are backed by researches conducted by Cambridge University and Macintosh. There may not be strong evidences, but the facts represent the most probable reasons.
Article by Abirami.